Canada’s Best Places to Live 2013

What makes a city great? When we were determining our 8th annual list of Best Places to Live in Canada, we looked at all the data we could find to name the communities that offer the best overall quality of life.

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What makes a city great? When we were determining our 8th annual list of Best Places to Live in Canada, we looked at all the data we could find to name the communities that offer the best overall quality of life. We started with incomes and employment. After all, most people’s experience in a city is more positive when they have a high-paying job—and the ability to get a new one if they so choose. We looked at the price of housing, giving high scores to cities where home prices are affordable when compared with local salaries. Weather was also key. Sure, some Canadians love cold weather, but most will agree that extra sunny days, days above zero and days without precipitation are nice to have. Crime rates and access to medical treatment are also important factors, so we awarded points to communities with low rates of crime, good access to hospitals and high numbers of medical professionals.

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Quality of life isn’t only about practical concerns. The ability to take part in cultural activities adds richness to our lives, so we gave points to communities with high numbers of people working in the arts or sports. We tracked whether a city has a movie theatre or easy access to an airport. Of course, statistics don’t capture the personality, scenery or people that make each place special, but they provide a good idea of what life would be like if you lived there. Did your hometown make it to the top of our list of Best Places to Live in Canada?

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Best Places to Live

Top 10 Small Cities in Canada
There’s a lot of choice when it comes to small-town Canada but these picturesque towns are tops.

Worst Places to Live

Top 10 Mid-Sized Cities in Canada
Not too big, not too small, these Goldilocks cities have it all.

Top 25 Best Places for Jobs

Top 10 Large Cities in Canada
You may be surprised to see which big urban centres came out on top this year.

Best Places to Raise Kids

Top of the List
Find out which city has the highest divorce rate, where the richest Canadians live and more.

Best Places to Live

Bottom of the List
Here are the lowest ranking cities in a number of important categories.

Worst Places to Live

Best Places for New Immigrants
Canada is the land of opportunity but some cities can better accommodate immigrants than others.

Top 25 Best Places for Jobs

Best Places to Retire
We pick the best place in Canada to live out your golden years.

Best Places to Raise Kids

Best Places for Kids
Looking to plant some roots? Consider one of these 10 family-friendly cities.

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Best Places to Raise Kids

St. Albert: Best Small City
This Edmonton suburb takes the top prize in our ranking of picket fence towns.

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Burlington: Best Mid-Sized City
This city makes the most of being sandwiched between the economic engine of Toronto and the industrial powerhouse of Hamilton.

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Calgary: Best Large City
Go west, young woman. Calgary has a laid back feel and plenty of job opportunities.

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Room for improvement
No city is perfect but some really have their work cut out for them. Here are the worst performing cities in some of the most important categories.

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Vancouver: Beautiful and expensive
International observers have named Vancouver among the world’s most livable cities but for many Canadians it’s simply out of reach.

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Toronto: Too much of a good thing
Bigger isn’t always better. Why Toronto ranks 28th overall.

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Canada’s top 30 overall Best Places to Live 2013 includes communities from coast to coast.

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We don’t live in the best places

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Eight of Canada’s 10 most densely populated cities don’t crack MoneySense‘s top 10 overall Best Places to Live list.

247 comments on “Canada’s Best Places to Live 2013

  1. I don't notice, St. John's Newfoundland anywhere…. surely there is something to be said about quality of life etc. in a beautiful quality city such as there.

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    • St John's is still the nations best kept secret !!!

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    • They take in to account, job opportunity, not just the beauty of the province. Considering most Newfoundlanders work in Alberta, might have something to do with it. :-)

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  2. Victoria not on the list! Are you nuts?

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    • I'm shocked that Victoria is not on the list as well. Gorgeous scenery, tons to do, great walking, biking city, a huge emphasis on maintaining historical districts, clean, fantastic arts community, warm climate, little wear and tear on vehicles, lowest property taxes, great museums and restaurants, all the advantages of living ocean front, etc.

      I've lived in every province ( several locations in each ) and Victoria wins hands down in my opinion in several different catagories.

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  3. You guys did not factor in value for money on civic services. Tax rate is one thing, but what do we get for those taxes? Infrastructure is a large part of livability in a city, a city with low taxes may score too high without considering the condition of their streets and availability of city services (garbage, snow removal, police response time, also percentage of homeless or food bank users).
    Home prices also are just a number. Low home prices seems like a good thing, but when considering a 6% population growth and lack of housing, persistantly low prices means the stock is of poor quality.
    Also, weighting the home prices against average income gives a false reading because home prices are already based partially on local average income, due to the mortgage calculation process.
    Why do you think most cities are within the 3-3.5 year range, even with wide variances in home price? It is a meaningless variable.

    Number of doctors is one thing, but what about wait times in offices and ER, or wait times for major surgeries?

    I am shocked to see Winnipeg in the top five, and I believe this is only due to the omission of certain statistics which represent the many mitigating factors for Winnipeg. Some of these stats I am sure they dont even track because it would be too embarrassing.

    Average commute times expressed in mins/km travelled within city limits would be another way to track the quality and condition of city infrastructure, as well as number of car accidents within city limits per capita, and annual pothole damage claims per 1000 drivers.

    I think if these variables were corrected to account for reality as described above, Calgary would be still near the top, but Winnipeg would be dead last among large Canadian cities. I am embarrassed to live here and every time I visit other Canadian cities I don't want to come back.

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    • I hear you Sam. Winnipeg is a disgusting city. I wish I can move but I'm stuck here.

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      • What are you waiting for? Just move.

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  4. I'd have to seriously disagree with the number one pick of Calgary, I have lived here for over six years and find that the jobs and pay may be good to the few lucky enough to get them and even the crime is low but the city it's self is literally crap.
    This city is a dull sprawl with terrible bipolar weather and really has no identity as a city, even on the weekends it is very challenging to find things to do here if you have kids especially in the winter time.
    The cost of living is rediculous and it seems to be a common misconception that everyone here makes bundles and bundles of money when in reality most of the people here seem to be barely scraping by.
    I will say honestly if you are going to pay for a place to live like Calgary you are better of in Vancouver or Toronto for the price and at least in those cities there are things to do and better weather.

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    • I have to agree with everything that has been said. I have lived in Calgary for the past 17 years and I have raised my children here. We too had a difficult time finding things for our chjildren to do. We found it very difficult to find good jobs because people are very clicky and it isn't what you know but who you know that counts. We came from edmonton and the education system is far better there than it is here. We didn't realize how good we had it until we moved to Calgary. If I didn't have my own business and I was more protable we would have moved a long time ago.

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    • I have to disagree with what you said. We always find things to do and I often wish I had more time off to do them. If I were to move to Vancouver and buy an equivalent house I would have to live so far out the Valley I would spending all day sitting in a car…I find people who say there is nothing to do aren't looking overly hard. I love Calgary and can see why it was rated #1. One has to wonder why you don't move to Vancouver or Toronto if you think they are so much better.

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      • That's because you are most likely a blind robot in the oil industry, it is truly sad this City has no identity and shit all to do without driving an hour or more OUTSIDE the city of Calgary so I am not sure how that get factored in here but it is quite frustrating living in such an expensive city when there its no real perks like there are in Toronto,Montreal,Vancouver, at least there you can see what you are paying for and get some kind of bang for your buck!
        I mean does anyone honestly think that if Calgary did not have the all the work and jobs it does even half of the 1.2 million people would stick around? I would be willing to bet that well over 60-70% of its population would jet faster than a 747 because that is the REAL reason people live in this city period.

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  5. You cant really call places like North Vancouver a small city. It is just another one of over a dozen cities in the Greater Vancouver area or as we call it, the Lower Mainland. My idea of a small city is one with a distinct edge of town, and either farmland or bush or whatever….not just adjacent to another city or municipality.

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    • I agree, some of the cities on the list are within the Greater Toronto area, so if you like city life, any one of them will do because they are practically suburbs of Toronto with a different name. I can go from Richmond Hill to Toronto to Mississauga and Vaughn and its all city with no breaks. To me its all Toronto.

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  6. This list is a joke right? April fools? Oh it's not April. Wow. Wow.

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  7. What about the most ideal cities for young adults? That should be included.

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  8. How is Lethbridge in the mid-sized cities when it's population is well below 100,000?

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    • We gathered information on Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA), Census Agglomeration (CA) and Census Subdivisions, (CSD) as defined by Statistics Canada.

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      • But municipalities and cities are different. So you need to use one or the other and title the results as such. I technically live in Saanich, but would call it Victoria, as would anyone else who lives here. Was this a study on the best municipalities to live in then? 'Cause that is quite different that what it is being put across as.

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        • To come up with the ranking, we gathered information on Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA), Census Agglomeration (CA) and Census Subdivisions, (CSD) as defined by Statistics Canada.

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      • the credibility of your publication is in question. How can you rate Vancouver so low when other publications rate it in the top 3 in the WORLD. Really???

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  9. Hilarious! Calgary! Have you been there? :-)

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    • Yes I have been..I love it and that's why I live here :-)

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    • Sure have! Lived here for 30 years…..and your point IS?

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  10. You need to reconsider your criteria when you consider Winnipeg a better city to live in than Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver. St Albert has no variety of business, plagued by franchises and homogenised services. Strathcona County isn’t even a city, small or otherwise. Best place to raise children, which requires a hugely diverse set of criteria in itself — and yours seems to lack any culture or amenities by which to introduce one’s children to variety, let alone top notch public education.

    I am not disputing these are grand cities, they all deserve their accolade. But anyone reading this should be very aware these criteria are not well articulated and very sorely lack any notion of the spirit of the place. Two of Winnipeg’s biggest musical acts have dedicated albums and songs to how much they hate the city, which I doubt MoneySense can accurately gauge from spreadsheets alone.

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    • Strathcona County is just that… a county encompassing Sherwood Park classified as a "hamlet" but in reality a small city and including a large rural and industrial area. There are many great job opportunties in close proximity to home. Anyone ever thought it possible to walk to work, or a 10 to 20 minute communte to work a common expectation. We have it all… so I should stop now before we grow any bigger.

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  11. Umm Saanich BC isn't a city, it's a municipality that's part of the CPR/City of Victoria. Saanich is not its own city, I should know I live here.

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    • Take it easy.

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    • Umm I remember living in Greater Victoria. That would be the sort of response I would expect.

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    • I also live in Saanich. I moved here 2 years ago from Calgary (#1???) on purpose – – I did NOT move to Victoria on purpose. Saanich IS a city – – more population than the City of Victoria, a different "feel" (less urban active, more "naturish") and quite a different local government and set of pros/cons. For instance, we have a University. Victoria does not.

      Victoria is part of the CRD, just like Saanich and the other local towns/cities that all merge together at their edges. This is very similar to "greater Vanacouver", the GTA (greater Toronto), the Edmonton and Halifax areas.

      Saanich has the biggest area and about 40-50% more population than Victoria. For some time I've been thinking the area should be called "greater Saanich" instead of "greater Victoria"…

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  12. yes no newfoundland , yas never experinced the best part of the country ,st johns , corner brook 1 of the most beatiful citys in canada , has everything to offer !!!

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    • Currently live in Vancouver but have been to most all of NL's major centers, just last year was George faced on… and to be honest there are grand spots all across this country! It's gotta be tough to rank them but Winnipeg ahead of Vancouver???

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    • totaly agree with Greg .Newfoundland is the place to be :)

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  13. A car can be "rated" number one by pundits, but if I can't sit in it because I'm a tall guy and the roof is too low then it's a car that's worthless for me. Same applies for subjective appreciation of cities. Take all this with a grain of salt, people. No need to get angry over it because your city is not on top according to this publication.

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  14. Calgary, seriously, no culture, serious road issues, overpriced, Cost of living is insane. Schools are average. Weather is questionable, winters are great, no spring or summer to speak of. Was Montreal not included in the choices?

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    • Don't know what part of Calgary these people live in. I have lived in many places and traveled around the world. After 23 years in Calgary, there is no other place I would rather call home. It's a great city to live in and raise a family. The prospects are limitless.

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    • @Tony,

      Overpriced, cost of living insane!? Oh man where do you live that you are making such comments?
      Go to Vancouver and see what means overpriced and insane cost of living!

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      • Add no jobs or jobs which pay u nutshells ……….But it foools BC….Believe u me when u have no money to feed ur kids the beauty around u becomes creepy

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    • I guess you have not been to Calgary in years. The roads are much better than in Vancouver or Toronto. Cost of living is insane compared to which city?-they have a 5 % GST and no PST. Gas is 30-40% cheaper than in most cities. So what about the whether? they have 330 days of sunshine.I do not know where you got these details from.

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    • yeah,where do you come from Iran?

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  15. I have lived in many many Canadian cities across the country and Victoria is by FAR my favourite. It is a subtle little city that whispers to you to go and look in all the little nooks and crannies for the beauty. It does not flaunt.

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  16. Anon: I agree with Dan E. lots of communities in Alberta are homogenous – especially in southern AB. If you're not German or from Sask. you will have go of it!

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  17. This must have been done by somebody in Toronto. How can they leave out the most beautiful city in North America? I'm talking about Montreal.

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    • Montreal's employment is hugely based in the service industry. If you like the drink a lot, and deal with drunk people whenever there is decent weather, yeah, it's a great place to live. Housing may be more affordable than other major cities, but it is dirty and has one of the highest unemployment rates of the major cities.

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  18. What about P.E.I.,didnt see any comment about our beautiful island,come visit us and then rate it.Small but Beautiful.

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  19. The top ranked GTA may actually be Edmonton. Edmonton is no 3 of large cities and two of its contiguous surrounding small “cities” are ranked number 1 and 2. Just saying.

    Having moved here from elsewhere (largely against my will) I am a total convert. Yes it can get cold in winter but a typical winter day is sunny, windless and pleasant. Summers are glorious with things going on all the time. River valley is spectacular. Commutes are a piece of cake. It's just so easy to live here. Aside from the fact that the drive into this place is the ugliest on the planet (why is that?), not sure how it earned such a bad rap, at least from anyone who actually knows the place and spent any time here.

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  20. I have resided in both Edmonton and Calgary and although it has been many years since i returned to New Brunswick i have very fond memories of my time spent in both cities ,i loved Red Deer Alberta when i was out there but the weekends with not much to do in the cities especially if your not into packing a set of skies and heading to the slopes or other lets say is pretty boring i guess the same claim can be made of many cities . I found Calgary to be a strangely laid out city "geographically" the people for the most part welcoming . With that being said i recently had an opportunity to go back out West ,however i decided to stay in our own wonderful city of Fredericton , New Brunswick which i am shocked never made the ratings when you look at some of the other locations nominated ,,, What about Eastern Canada so beautiful in the summer and falls , not a big city only about 751,151 people small for the capital city however absolutely beautiful and a true tourist spot with so many sites to see. I vote Fredericton and i am sure many others would as well in fact i remember one year Fredericton and Red Deer Alberta were voted the cleanest cities in Canada
    and i am sure as far as New Brunswick and Fredericton is concerned we would still have that clean, fun and picturesque city that many are envious of if only there were better job opportunities here and lower tax;s such as Alberta has we would have the full package ,

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    • I agree with you 100%! I am from New Brunswick and lived in Red Deer, Alberta for many years. I now live back in rural New Brunswick and love it here! What I found about Alberta cities was that there was no "life" to them compared to cities in Ontario. New Brunswick is Canada's best kept secret I think-maybe that's a good thing for us New Brunswickers! As for Red Deer being a clean city, it was at one time, but the last time I lived there it was extremely dirty- it has changed a lot! It would be nice to have better paying jobs here and lower taxes, but I think if you can't have everything, at least you have the benifits of New Brunswick

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    • You are so articulate, but your use of a lower case "i" is very distracting. Just saying!

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    • I agree with you Mike. The only thing wrong with your comments is the fact that the population is 56,224 according to the census.

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  21. I think it feels nice to live near a large city such as Toronto, close enough to be able to reach it sometimes looking for fun but far enough from the madness. Oak Ridges, North of Richmond Hill is that place for me now. I saw a forum with threads opened for all regions so I'd like to see what exactly people say about each region, I'm linking that forum to this post.

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  22. Calgary wins on a statistical breakdown. Awesome. What the survey doesn't cover is the magnitude of beauty that lies 30 minutes to the west of this great city. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, the Rocky Mountains offer so much that if you've lived here and haven't experienced it, then you really haven't lived here at all. I've been all over Canada, east to west. Lived in the prairies and the west coast before settling in Calgary.. Great summers, tons of festivals, and without question the most beautiful hiking in Canada if not the world at your doorstep. There is maybe a few weeks of cold weather in the winter which is always relieved by the sweet breeze of a chinook. Half a dozen world class ski hills all within a couple hours make the winter a pleasure rather than a burden. If need be, its easier to afford a trip to the tropics with the high level of disposable income that is a blessing of living in a city with good job opportunities. Crime is low, people are friendly (and happy), and that big ball of light in the sky shines down more here than anywhere in the country. Enough typing though, it's the first day of spring and it's 14 degrees outside with a clear blue sky!

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  23. Look at all these people complaining, they're just stats. Don't get so butt hurt.

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  24. Why is Langley BC on the list twice? I'm pretty sure there is only 1 Langley in BC. It's on the list as #75, and a second time as #149 with completely different numbers. If the second Langley was not there, who would be #200?

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    • #75 refers to the District of Langley, #149 the City of Langley. Sorry for the confusion. We're working on making this more clear.

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    • I saw North Vancouver twice too…21 and 47. Looks like this list is bogus..they didn't do a quality check or just made it up while drinking with "methodology" added to it later. :)

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      • #21 refers to the District of N. Vancouver. #47 refers to the City of N. Vancouver. Sorry for the confusion. We're working on getting this corrected.

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    • there is township of Langley and there is city of Langley, two separate distinct municipalities.

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  25. How could you leave out beautiful White Rock, B.C.?

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  26. Okotoks Alberta is probably the most up an coming town in all of Canada and has a very good reputation for being clean and affordable. Quite a shame you overlooked such a beautiful town. No matter what city is best it doesn't matter…. Every city is a joke to live in.

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  27. How did you determine what is small, mid, and large, and is there somewhere where these are all grouped.

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  28. I have was raised in Sherwood Park and Edmonton, and moved to Vancouver for approximately 15 years. In 2006 I moved to Calgary. I can honsestly say I have been afforded way more employment opportunities here than I was in Vancouver. I was able to change careers here and work my way up to a very comfortable living. Buying a home in Vancouver was never going to happen for me. I bought a home in Calgary in 2006. I do here from many transplants that people are cliquey here, and I agree with that. Calgary does have alot of festivals from the Spring through the Fall, but there is nothing to do here all winter (unless you ski) . Summer consists of 8 weeks. Calgary's Mayor spends way more than we can afford and property taxes are constantly being raised. Calgary has been good to me but I definately would not retire here.

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  29. why isnt Ottawa on the list for the imigrants? we got soo many here! Also Calgary is a dead city : Toronto is honestly the best place to live and raise kids, great lifestyle there!

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  30. Windsor, Ontario- 80th place- are you kidding me. The most southern city in Canada, next to a US border. Excellant housing, sporting events, shows, shopping, low crime rate. Jobs are slowly returning, but great place to sell those expensive homes in the top listing's, retire to a new home with lots of money to spare. Do not forget about this area of Canada- one of its best kept secrets.

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  31. has anybody been to Atlantic Canada to check it out? People are friendly and helpful here, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else

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  32. How did some of the same cities end up on the list of "best" AND on the list of "worst"?

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  33. So Vancouver is consistently ranked among the best cities on Earth to live yet it is number 10 in Canada. Nonsense.

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    • Hi John,

      I used to live in Burnaby for seven months.
      Vancouver and other surrounding cities are beautiful, but that doesn't help anyone with his life.
      There are no jobs to speak of… Car insurance is Government based and very expensive. I was paying for a Nissan Versa in Calgary 79$ with TD and in BC I was paying 250$!!!
      Homes are expensive, even to rent is a nightmare.

      In seven months living there I could not land a job. Not one, and I am Software Developer.
      A really bad place to live for a normal person. Yes, it is the best place to live if you have millions of dollars.
      Calgary is the best place to live in Canada. Period.
      Anyone has a chance in Calgary, the economy is strong and well managed.

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    • This might have to do with the fact that the people who actually rank it as the best place in the world to live do just that…. they live all over the world, travelling for their highpaying execultive jobs or just schlepping from one villa to the next. Try asking the people who actually live in Vancouver, scraping their money together month to month to try and keep up with the insane cost of living, knowing that any day a newly landed immigrant will take their job and do it for less and they find themselves moving their family back in with their parents terrified they will end up on the lower East side. See if they like its just so fabulous.

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    • Maybe because Vancouver is full of uptight people who think they are better than everyone. Thats why so many people move away from there !!!! So apparently you might think it is in the top 10 on the planet so why do you have trouble realizing that this great country could have better places to live than the all mighty vancouver and have more than one city listed in in the top 10 on the planet?? Sound like you fall under the category of tpeople I mentioned earlier!!

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  34. And thanks to Michael for voting Fredericton. My hometown!! And yes, many couples live here because it is a great place to bring up kids. Plus, it is beautiful here. Home to arts, culture, friendly people & the biggest Jazz Festival east of Montreal. The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival attracts world class musicians from, you guessed it, all over the world, for the 6 days it is here. Check it out on the Internet! It's held every Sept.

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  35. i find kamloops bc is the worst city in canada

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  36. Article must have been written by an Torontonian who migrated by airplane to Alberta at night while wearing ear buds, and a person who has never actually been anywhere.

    I have lived in eight provinces, been to all ten, in small and large cities, and currently live in Metro Vancouver …52nd??? Right…

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  37. If Calgary is such a great place why do they all come to B.C to ski in the winter and camp in the summer. We here in Beautiful B.C. are inundated with the Calgarians coming to use our resources, as they have nothing in Alberta. Very arrogant people as well, would never want to live there. Now, Victoria is a beautiful, livable city.

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    • Well, we have the money to spend whenever we want and any place we want to visit, so be thankful to us if we're spending our hard earned money in your place…

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    • Please don't paint us all with one brush. Obviously you haven't visited Alberta. Lots of beautiful country. Mountains, foothills, prairies. Oh yes Lake Louse, Banff and lots of other ski areas. And yes I do visit B.C. often. It is also a beautiful province. I have visited every province and territory, and found beauty in all of them. Nice people too! Try traveling, you will love it!

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      • lol Sorry Joe but Alberta in general (and yes I have been all over Alberta) is quite an ugly place to live in my opinion and many others that have come here from some where else in the world.

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    • Because we can afford it! Did you not read the reasons???

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  38. CALGARY! #1!!
    We are an immigrant family and we always remind ourselves how lucky we are to have landed in Calgary. The opportunity is yours for the grabbing here, and there is lots of it.

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  39. This report is so bogus. Hahaha wow Calgary is not ever in a top spot in the country. Worst place to raise kids, least amount of culture, horrid standard of living. This must be a joke report.

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    • I totally agree. Calgary must be one of the worst places to raise kids. No culture, limited resources and activities geared at kids and the ones they have are so expensive for the limited services provided that one would be better off going to the library……oh, wait a minute, they charge kids from ages 13yrs to join the library. This I must say, is first for me.

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    • And Dustin, would you like to elaborate on where you get your information from? Or is it just your opinion?

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  40. Vancouver in the sun is tremendous – for the few days that blue skies exist. Calgary is the sunniest large city in Canada. The western hospitality is still there. It is a city full of people who know how to get things done. It is a city that believes we can do it. It has a mayor who has about a 80% approval rating. Calgarians can see the mountains at least 230 days a year not like the Vancouverites who only see Grouse when the clouds lift the few days a year.

    Calgary even has "oil people" involved in helping find low cost housing for the homeless and city planners that know that increasing .density along the light rail transit lines is the way to go in the future. Whether summer or winter on a sunny day, there are always people walking, biking or jogging along the river valley trails.

    The best part of Calgary is that Calgarians have the Banff and Kananaskis area as their back yard. You can get there faster than you can cross the Lions Gate to get to Grouse or Seymour. Would I live in Vancouver – only if anyone can guarantee 244 days of sunshine a year. Otherwise life on the other side of the "Rocks" is great.

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    • Enjoy that -40 in the winter! I live in Ontario, travel to B.C. yearly, and have been to Calgary 5 times in the last 3 years. If I could afford housing in B.C., I would be there now. As housing is so expensive, I will stay in Ontario. Move to Calgary? Never! If you want nice, summer weather for 1 month per year, go ahead! Not to mention the home of Harper. The views of many in Alberta reflect the conservative type held by Harper, whereas the views of those in B.C. seem to be much more Liberal and hummanitarian. Let's be honest as well, the view of the mountains from Calgary is nothing like being right in the mix of things in Vancouver, not eve close.

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      • You have been there a whole 5 times in 3 years? I don't live in Calgary so I can't comment on it with any accuracy even though I have visited there numerous times, much more than 5. Summer 1 month of the year? Are you sure you have spent time in Calgary! By the way Mr. Harper was born and raised in Toronto, and chose Calgary as his home. Makes you wonder. by the way I have lived in Ontario for more than 13 years, it is gorgeous. I like the foothills in Alberta but I wouldn't want to live in the mountains. Personal choice of course.

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      • You clearly know nothing about Calgary's weather. -40 is pretty rare, and they get 3 months of 20+ average daily temperatures, and 9 months of above 0 daily highs. Also, 21 of BC's 33 riding's elected a conservative in the last Federal election (as did 73 of Ontario's, FYI). Way to prove Eastern prejudice, bud.

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      • Haha, did you take a political survey during those five days you were in Calgary? That's a swooping statement to make.

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    • Vancouver has the highest amount of people with depression. I live in Vancouver and i like it for certain aspects like just natural beauty but apart from the fact that the wheather is nothing to write home about ( rains more than in hamburg), people are up to their necks with debt. The math is easy. When the whether is bad and you have got no money or no job, you have no urge to enjoy any recreational activities such as biking, fishing, kayaking mentioned in one of the post. I was in Calgary during christmas, it was -25 but it was sunny and i enjoyed it. People are happy because they have got jobs and if they really do need recreational activities they have got the money to fly out to near US cities. So i am moving from Vancouver to Calgary in a few months. I am 42 with 2 kids. We still own a home in BC and we will come here only in the summer. But for now CALGARY is the place to be like it or not

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    • Calgary is a great place to live. I've lived here over 28 years. However, it is very expensive to live in, as I've found out since I've been looking for work for the last six months (& I'm a professional). I want to send a hey out to Regina though. I'm from there and in the past 2 years every time I go to visit I've noticed how the city is really picking up and it looks like there are so many great opportunities. The whole province, in fact, is just booming. The only thing is the weather and mosquito's!!

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    • I lived in Calgary for 6 months and there was some snow (not all of which stuck) every single month!!! It's when I saw snow falling on the August long weekend that I thought it was time to go back home to B.C. Calgary can be beautiful but in a barren sort of way. As for the mountains, the view of the Rockies is beautiful from Calgary but it doesn't even come close to the views of Vancouver.

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  41. Obviously this information was gathered for the benefit of rich people and there interests. Why would i want to live in a place like Saanich BC (#3) on my $84,000 and have to buy a $540,000 house when i could live in Greater Sudbury ON (#29) and buy a $214,000 house with the same money. I would think, a place where the real estate is selling at 4 times the cost for the same house in other cities, should take those cities down in the lists. No matter how good all of the other statistics are, if i can't afford to live there, then it is all meaningless. In the cities for retirement, you would have to be rich to retire in most of those cities.
    You have a year before you have to do these lists again, so perhaps, running some polls and finding out what factors people would like considered when making these lists, to reflect more of what matters. Some of the factors currently there are good, but walking is not something i consider for example, but having close proximity to the outdoors for boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, cottages etc. does matter. These things would move Sudbury ON and other similar cities higher up in the list especially compared to some of those cities on the list that are practically suburbs of Toronto and the other big cities.

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  42. How did Brandon, Manitoba drop from 6th to 91st? Brandon has grown and prospered in the last year.

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  43. Some pretty strange methodology. According to Moneysense, Winnipeg ranks ahead of Saanich in weather.

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  44. We are all surprised at the choice of St Albert, Alberta as best small city.
    Why?
    *It has the HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES IN ALBERTA FOR MANY YEARS
    *It REFUSED to HAVE A PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM as the City is Catholic dominated…the Government had to intervene. They FIRED GAY TEACHERS, so much for human rights criteria.
    They opposed industry for many years, only now they are forced to introduce Commercial Business.
    *They built a sports arena that nobody wanted and it is costing taxpayers huge dollars with its humoungous deficit…City Council is spending like drunken sailors. The TAX BASE is 90% PRIVATE not COMMERCIAL. Tell us how you chose this city with these true facts.

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  45. Not sure how to take these, like some don't understand what a small city is, and for love or money why would Medicine Hat not have been listed at all, I would think a population of 60,000 would have been ranked somewhere!

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  46. So, is North Vancouver ranked #21 or #47? Seems this city gets ranked twice and with very different results. So which is it? And, is there a problem with your data collection if the same city has such different numbers?

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    • Hi Jennifer,
      #21 is the District of North Vancouver. #47 is the City of North Vancouver. Sorry for the confusion and we'll update it to make it more clear. Thanks for reading.

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  47. Having sdtudied all the choices, therte are many variations in criteria and also many mistakes especially from commenters here.
    Criteria seems to base itself on MONEY and INCOME which is a pity as average income does not decide best place to live.
    Then best places to retire are totally different?? We dont get it…variables everywhere. Anomalies everywhere. Looks like a dartboard. Small town with HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES in Alberta gets #1. Thats unacceptable.

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  48. if your primary goal is your job – live in calgary – I think it is what you do with your life after 5 pm – how is the jogging or riding your bike in calgary or edm for 6month ….how is the kayaking, fishing without an pick axe…all i smell in calgary is propane from the taxis…sorry there has to be more than your salary to determine quality of life and places to live….money sense makes no sense….you know that list of the most interesting people you would invite to dinner – not anyone involved in this choice – I guess all they could talk about is their job…can you say boring……..

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    • that is soooo true. talk talk talk about work. no social activities here. even at christmas parties couple dance as a couple. haha!!
      they like to say; "look at the mountains" yah right, the mountains are not part of Calgary and you need transportation to go all the way there to smell some trees again.

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  49. Some of the the things that these standings are based on seem a little foolish and short sighted to me.

    The age of vehicles means nothing. If you live in an area with long winters, thus lots of salting etc. you will have to replace your vehicles more often.

    The best place to raise children ( I assume this should include safety and health wise as well ) is a large city??? Really? Where kids have to be supervised every time they leave their homes to play in a polluted and sometimes unsafe enviroment ?

    How many people commute to work on bicycles? Weather, the terrain, distance from the workplace, heavy traffic, etc. all play a role in that.

    There are other factors other than money and what that can buy that contribute to a pleasurable lifestyle. The friendlness of people, how you treat the disadvantaged and elderly, feeling safe in your neighbourhoods, cleanliness, greenspace, parks, trails etc. where you can enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle, safe and open space for kids to run and explore, close access to universities and colleges, and so much more.

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    • Very well-said.

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      • I would say living in Niagara holds great parks, the Niagara Gorge to explore, wine country, good all round year weather, house prices reasonable, one hour from Toronto, and some places minutes from, the U.S. border

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  50. Interesting how more people were sent to hospital in a single Alberta blizzard car pile up today than are injured all year in what is listed as the "worst weather city" gets all year. OH, but Calgary doesn't get much rain! That's the important indicator. Who cares if the weather they do get can kill you?

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    • Umm. that accident was in Leduc, which is a suburb of Edmonton, 3 hours north of Calgary.

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      • You are missing the point Susan, one of the questions was how much rain Calgary gets but it does not touch how much snow and or ice it gets which in my opinion is BS because Calgary gets on average 188 days of snow per year, I am sure it would not get anywhere near #1 if that was actually factored in.
        Cheers.

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  51. How on earth can London be on this list….even their population would disqualify them. And jobless rate is through the roof, depressed housing market, shabby downtown, trains travelling through the centre of the city holding up traffic, no decent access roads, high property taxes but lousy city services. London has been on a rapid decline for some time. And, for your information, getting a doctor is impossible, wait times at the hospitals are ridiculous, so where did Moneysense get their information?

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    • So totally agree with all of this…I've lived in London for the past 8 years…looking to get out next year… London also has a lot of snobs!!! Not a very friendly city at all!!

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  52. Calgary, who compiled this list? Having lived there, I found it very bland, most unfriendly people you would ever come across and everything over-priced including basilc food. As for having plenty of jobs, that is debatable as it is easier to get these jobs if you know the right people as opposed to having the right skills. Having lived in major cities of the world, Calgary is certainly, one of the worst I have lived is not be far.

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  53. Can someone explain how West Vancouver has only 115 days rain.yr while North Vancouver (literally next door) has 50 more days of rain per year? and…West Vancouver has less Rain that most Ontario cities? seems like someone is stretching the truth here

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  54. St John's ,Halifax,Fredericton,Moncton St John and Charlottetown…..they do not need a magazine to tell them how good their quality of life is….they know it ….the Atlantic provinces maybe out of the limelight ..but' it has got history ,culture,music,recreation, good people, and large bodies of water near by……..that itself is the envy of many people who experience it………there is more to the world than MONEY………..LIke Mac Lean's and their comparison of Universities ..I shake my head at Money Sense on what criteria they use to judge a city……..Canada itself is GREAT PLACE to Live…contrary to the naysayers and opposition parties who have agendas…….Every Province is unique ..just like our people

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    • Newfoundland is one of the most beautiful places on earth and St.John's is a wonderful city, definitely overlooked!

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    • Canada's best kept secret is the east coast! People don't dwell on their money but on the quality of friendliness of their neighbors. They share everything with the greatest smiles. As always, ignored as not the center of Canada or richest. Makes it a great place to retire.

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  55. How can you misjudge Sault Ste Msrie Ontario. It is a great little city with better weather than most citis and good to excellent theatre with good jobs at the lottery and commercial establishement
    What did you miss in making your assessment sicne we have been cut in half on our standings

    Some one has messed up your data
    SAm

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  56. Well written. Thanks and looking forward to more of such post

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  57. I've lived in Eastern, Western and Central Canada. Best place I ever lived was St. John's, Newfoundland because of THE PEOPLE!

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  58. What all of this tells me is that there are a lot of great places to live in Canada, all of which have some pros and some cons.

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  59. Thanks MoneySense for ranking Summerside close to the bottom of your list of "Best Places to Live" in Canada. I purchase a second home in Summerside nearly a decade ago, and thoroughly enjoy being there most all of the summer, and when I can the rest of the year. Personally, I prefer that Summerside is kept one of the "best kept secrets" in Canada. The resources this little community has for its size, it's friendly people, and it environs are hard to beat in my humble opinion! So you won't hear any complaints about your ranking from me.

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  60. whoever named Calgary the best city to live must never have lived there nor visited for more than 15 minutes.

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  61. Interesting picks on the best places to retire. I think I would go for Burlington since I've already been there a couple of times and it's a great city.

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  62. I agree with Gracie's post, London is only on it because of it status in history. By today's standards it is ridiculously congested, slow and held up.

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  63. I like Calgary but I am not sure it is the best in Canada. I guess it all depends on your own lifestyle and what's important to you. So the whole topic is subjective.

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  64. how is anyone to make a choise or decision with all you people making negative remarks about everywhere? HOW?????? In "all" situations there is good and bad…. hows about lets hear some "good" points instead of bad! ex: rents, realestate prices, land taxes, utilities,food,restaurants,car repairs, etc. etc. i want to know about what it will cost to make my retirement world go around at an expence that i will be able to afford.

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  65. Very detailed and informative post. I think that job opportunities is the main point in choosing where to live.

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  66. very Interesting post to read, it is one of the few places in the world that i would love to go to ans see what is there for my self – i have read so much about it

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  67. Canada is a very good place to study, I intend to live and study in canada

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  68. Looks beautiful. Sadly I'd only been over the border from the US just a bit so there is a whole lot of Canada left to explore!

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  69. Been to Toronto and Niagra many years ago and would dearly love to visit Vancouver for some reason and always heard it was the best place in Canada. this report/poll is a bit of an eye-opener.

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  70. There's just so many factors, the people, the weather, the job opportunities, as you say, but the thing is, they all interact with each other so it's a combination of all of them that make a city great, making people happy and making live a lot easier on every citizen there.

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  71. I am a Canadian from Ontario who moved to Alaska 10 years ago. I had never been to western Canada. Last month ny husband accepted a job in Calgary, I visited last week with the thought of maybe moving when our kids were graduated. All I can say is never. I have never visited a Canadian city that was so unfriendly. I was ashamed to call myself a Canadian for the first time ever. People were so snobby and walked through the malls like a bunch of robots. I'm sorry but even with your oil rich province I would never leave Alaska to move to Calgary. Thank you for helping me easily make my decsion to stay put.

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    • I totally agree with you!….people in Calgary are so horrible. They never smile back, never say hi…..I don't know why they are such rude people!

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      • Welcome to Alberta, that seems to be the attitude of the whole province.

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        • Thats is because we work so hard in Alberta one of the downfalls to making money!!
          Don't judge a province on one City

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  72. wow very nice article i really love to read this thanks for sharing please keep it up

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  73. I also completely agree with Gracie's post, London is only on it because of it status in history. It is over congested, full of vagrants and over priced!!

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    • Yes and our unemployment rate is really 9.1% and going higher every month,if your not rich,go to UWO or are not a Refugee,then you are looked upon as sum,i have lived here my whole life so I know what I say is true

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  74. I have wanted to move to Canada for some time now. I'm sure there are places that aren't very desirable but it has to be better than Flint!!

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    • Where is Flint?

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      • Flint is a city in Michigan,USA

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    • Ottawa in the west end is great.Tons to do and great to raise kids. Schools are great and lots of outdoor activities. I was born and raised here, lived in New Zealand with my husband and we both felt that Ottawa was a better fit economically. House prices are reasonable in the west end.
      Thanks
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    • Any where in Canada is better than Flint!!!

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  75. Really helpful info guys I guess my favorite place would be Ontario but that's just my personal choice:O)

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  76. Hi, what a great web blog. I usually spend hours on the net reading blogs on various subjects. And, I really would like to praise you for writing such a fabulous article. I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only very few posses and yes you got it. This is really informative and I will for sure refer my friends the same. Thanks

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  77. I enjoy these attempts to rate cities. Regarding Victoria, I would say you are wrong to rate (much higher) the suburb of Saanich as a different city, as first of all it isn't a city but a nice suburb of Victoria, and second I would say 99 percent of people living in Saanich would say they live in Victoria if asked by an outsider (you might hear from Sannich people who dislike Victoria, but that is only a very local scale-same as someone on one side of a city who has a silly bias against the other side… or maybe the Saanich municipality outsmarted your statistical engine). Since Saanich doesn't actually have a city, please include this suburb as Victoria.

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  78. Canada is way to cold! But on the plus side they do have free health care witch you will deffinatly need when you retire…

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    • Please don't say Canada has "free healthcare" – it is definitely not free; it comprises the largest share of every government budget; thus high taxes. Most health care in Canada is paid for but it is certainly not free.

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    • SERIOUSLY! I CAN TELL YOUR NOT CANADIAN. NOT ALL PLACES IN CANADA ARE COLD DOM. THAT'S SUCH A MYTH. BUT PLEASE DON'T COME TO CANADA BECAUSE OF FREE HEALTH CARE WHEN YOU RETIRE. OUR SYSTEM IS BUSTING AT THE SEAMS.

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    • Believe me. Our healthcare is NOT free. Check out how much we pay for taxes.

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  79. This is a great guide! I am passing it to my friend who is planning on moving to Canada because she is marrying a Canadian.

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  80. 10 years as a child I read a magazine about Canada, in which about beach Hanlan's Point Beach (Toronto, Canada). Now I'm 38 years old and Canadian tetapp a dream, and not America or any other country.

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  81. Quebec was wonderful last summer, Looking forward to going back again for a vacation.
    Thanks for the article, bookmarked.

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  82. Great post. I Vancouver is the place to be!!

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  83. I have many Canadian friends and they are awesome. I look forward to traveling there some day soon. I will definitely have to check out some of the places mentioned here :)

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  84. This is the best way to guide the people and solve the living problems in Canada. I want to live in that place where the jobs could easy provided with handsome pay and weather is also an important aspect for me I want to live in sunny area.

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  85. Not sure who came up with the stats but they WERE WAY OFF when it came to London Ont Unemployment rate,it is 9.1% and climing. Not too mention we have our mayor facing criminal charges and all the corruption here,it should not rank in the top 100

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  86. We live on the edge of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island & I think this is the most beautiful., best place in the world. It doesn't much matter where on the Island you live. It's all good. Beautiful ocean & mountain views. Great weather, & most people here love dogs & music. Good university, lots of art & entertainment.

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  87. I’m living in Halifax, it’s number 6 in the top. Not the biggest city and definitely a bit boring when compared to Toronto or others, but It’s overall alright.

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  88. Great stuff here :)

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  89. Posting from Sechelt on BC's beautiful Sunshine Coast. Not only is our community in one of Canada's most temperate climates, residents are truly happy living here. How do we know? We had an independent survey company ask! Read the results and find out how you too can be happy in Sechelt at: http://www.sechelt.ca/CityHall/CurrentNews/tabid/

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  90. My husband and I plan on moving to Canada in about a year, I've been researching everything so we can make it the most of this big move. I loved the article, but would love even more if I could get more info about dog friendly places… See, I'm a vet and we have four small dogs, two medium ones and a cat! Cheers, Marcy.

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    • Toronto is very dog friendly……there are even some good off-leash parks. " Woofstock" is a great celebration every year….you can google it. I don't live in Toronto itself, but live within the Greater Toronto Area. But British Columbia is the best place to live due to the significantly better climate there, than any other province. (Some places have no snow or very little and winter is mild. The further you go into the interior of the province the colder the winter.) Stay away from Vancouver……much too expensive for housing. But Richmond Hill, Cranbrook, and many other places are all lovely…..endless things to do and see going on all the time. Judging from what my relatives there experience, most places are pretty dog friendly which I asked about since I have dogs also. (I have visited only once.) I have many relatives who moved to various places in B.C. (Richmond Hill, Clearbrook, Coquitlam, Creston) and none of them have ever wanted to return to Ontario. I'd move there myself now that I'm retired, but immediate family all live here and have good jobs so I would miss y adult children and their families. Many years ago when in my late 20's I emigrated to New Zealand primarily for the climate, but work was hard to find as a newcomer there. Had I known my own country better, I would have stayed in Canada and just moved to B.C. It has everything that New Zealand offers and more.

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    • hello…I think that peace river alberta would be a very good place to live as the people there are very friendly !! I lived there for a couple of years but do to a death in the family, I had to return to Ontario.peace river is very pet friendly and thay also have small town rodeo's in the summer on wk.ends.i am 73 years old now and I really miss the people and peace river !! good luck choosing !!

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      • I live in Yellowknife, I do not recommend this place to live. The cost of living is through the roof. Not just to rent an apt, that is 1,500.00 a month for a one bedroom.. But also the cost of food. I get family to ship things up to me. The wait time at hospital is okay 2 to 3 hrs. health care is great here. There is always something to do winter or summer, as we only have to seasons..lol.. The winters are very COLD… I love how the climate is dry air. The sun shines just about everyday. The people here are supper nice. So friendly.. But is is not a great place to raise animals. to cold. The northern lights are awesome. At night look up to the sky and you can see the sun in one spot and the moon in another. Pretty cool. Then lets not forget the ice road. 8 lanes, I Love it here, and i would never live anywhere else.. I have lived in many place across Canada. Good luck in your search,,, If I had to chose another place to live i would go with Kamloops B.C.

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    • Marcy Just saw your msg..one im portant thing is to research the Towns by laws to see how many animals they allow per house hold. I work with the OSPCA and see this all the time. People move without researching if theres a place you really like and lets say you can only have 3 dogs call the Town or city and as if you can have a variance the towns are usualy ok as long as you dont aquiere more pets. Good luck I love Canada and am proud to say you will love it here.

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    • Calgary, because the city has lots of off leash areas, bike & walking paths & lots of parks for picnics, cross country skiing and hiking. Also you are only a 45 minute drive from the rocky mountains. There are unlimited possibilities for things to do. Plus Calgary is the best place if looking for a job.

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    • That's probably illegal here in BC, one of the dogs, or the wife has to go.
      Seriously, many municipalities have bylaws restricting the number of pets you can own. This is also true of strata type properties like Condos & Townhomes. If you plan on living in an apartment (Flat) the chance of having one pet is minimal.

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    • Cape Breton Island, beautiful scenery, the most friendly people on the planet!!!!

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    • Burlington!! East Coast is beautiful and friendly also, but my heart is in Burlington. We have the beautiful waterfront to the South and all paved, great for biking, joggin or walking or rollerblading. Then on our North side we have all kinds of conservation areas with trails galore!! Plus dog parks all over the city and pet stores where you can take your dogs in with you. You have everything you need with a wonderful small town atmosphere. You'd love it here!! And its really not that much of a drive out East…great vacation and a beautiful drive!!!

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    • Marcy
      A lot of places in Canada have by-laws concerning how many pets you can have, even a small village has these by-laws. I would certainly look into that

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  91. Why, when you retire, do you have to retire to the cities. Most that I know, want to move out of the cities to a more rural area. I have lived in a few of the major and small cities and wanted to get out of the ratrace when I retired. I moved to Cape Breton. Housing is cheap here but you hae almost everything that you want…beaches, the Cabot Trail, golfing, great food, etc.

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  92. I have lived in the majority of large cities rated except Quebec and can tell you as a White born Canadian living in Calgary I am unable to see a doctor unless I go to a clinic and wait 3 hrs plus to have a 2 minute session and get no results. The realestate has gone thru the roof even further seperating the classes of people that already try and cope daily with the incredibly poor city planning with roads .To get 15 kilometers takes an average of 45 minutes .I am curious which class of peoples rated Calgary number one. Theres no parking without paying some 30 dollars a day and when it snows you cant park in the streets on bus routes and it snows some 6 months of the year here.Someone should be held accountable for the deception to new comers making them think Calgary is something its not. Try Vancouver for the weather and Ocean or Ontario unless you like oil. Calgary loves oil.

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    • Totally agree! and don't get me started about Calgary's "wonderful' transportation system as c-trains that come once in 15 minutes! and 5-10 minutes in pick hours and therefore always overcrowded, breaking down specifically during pick hours and buses that run once an hour!!! Yet transit fairs rise ever single yea without a skip!

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    • I had to wait 8 hours to see the doctor here in newfoundland for nothing.

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  93. It was really impressive published article. I do personally learn in the post and also I will share it to my friends later after reviewing. Really interesting post indeed. Thanks.

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  94. I heard Toronto is nice place to live!

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    • Toronto is the arm pit of this country. Its the root of the problems in this country.

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    • it is!! love living here

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  95. what happened to Newfoundland? After all we are suppose to be part of Canada, Canada dosen't end at Nova Scotia, but then we are never reconized for any rating of Canada when we have the best city when it comes to scenery, friendly people and by far the best province to live. A great place to raise childeern or to retire.

    Please come visit and see for yourself.
    Proud of my province Newfoundland.

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    • We toured Newfoundland a few years ago – loved it. Great scenery, St.John's is so cleaned and drivers are so polite towards pedestrian. I definitely will go back.

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    • Thank you for chiming in Carol. While I am from Ontario, I absolutely love visiting Newfoundland and Labrador. The people are fantastic as is the scenery and just the overall culture. You get my vote…

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    • PEI wasn't mentioned either, so I know how you feel.

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    • Don't worry now! My favorite people are all from the rock!!! Bottom line? The worst city to live in in Canada is still better than any other country on earth! Your beloved province is on my bucket list!

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  96. Charlottetown ,Prince Edward Island is where it's at !

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    • Agree John, in another 30 minutes, and I may be officially an islander…..?-wish

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  97. It's amazing how you could rate some of these places anywhere close to and not mention KELOWNA,B.C.. ,or anywhere else in the interior of b.c for that matter. How you are misinforming people.

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  98. loving life in whitehorse yukon

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  99. Frank Sullivan

    Once again "Newfoundland" is left out, why do all Central Canadian Magazines not know that Newfoundland is not only a part of "Canada" but one the Most "Beautiful/Unique" places in this Great Country. I wasn't going to lower myself by commenting but had to get my 2Cents worth in, I served this Great Country in the Military for over 35 Years. "God Bless Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders".

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    • I agree,i was born in Newfoundland,lived in Prince Edward Island,for past 20 years,'Newfies" are friendly,caring,open to new people,i,ve been to every province in Canada,and most states in the USA,I would pick Newfoundland and the people every time!!

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    • You are right, Newfoundland is beautiful, you have to be there toe believe it. The best province in
      Canada for beauty and it's people.

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    • You are so right. The new fie people are the best . I have worked there and love the people. Anyplace is just a place, but people is what makes the place.

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    • Frank – I've lived in NL all my life. "Nice" is entirely subjective I spose …. have you looked out your window lately … see any sign of the sun?
      NL has the worst weather in Canada. It's a nightmare trying to travel to/ from here most times.
      It has the worst customer service anywhere. And we never get to experience Spring!
      I can say all that because I am a NL-er. Nice place to have aquaint little visit for a few days? – Maybe.
      But as far as belonging on any "nicest places to live" list . I'd have to say no way!

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  100. Quite an interesting poll. For those of you responsible, you realize Canada has an East Coast, with so many great features and unlimited beauty. Why is Toronto always on the list? especially for retired people. It is way over priced, constant traffic congestion, loud, and as you get older, we do not feel as safe as you writers think. All of the above are stress factors. On the out skirts, i.e. Collingwood etc. are much better places as you get older. Please take a better look at the map before you print your next list.
    Marlene Libbus

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    • The East Coast was not forgotten, as evidenced by Halifax being number 20, for example.

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    • I AGREEE!!!!! Someone finally understands me. Toronto is not one of the best, I wouldn't even put it on the list.

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  101. I moved a lot and lived in almost 20 countries for at least 6 months. There is one universal aspect of best-worst place to live. If you have money – any place will be great, if you don't have money – any place sucks. Of course there is always a human factor that can make it a bit better or worse but in general, money is the main factor – unfortunately!

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  102. cool

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  103. I also completely agree with Gracie's post, London is only on it because of it status in history. It is over congested, full of vagrants and over priced….

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  104. As usual nothing north of Toronto counts for Ontario!!!

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  105. I used to be in the military so I lived in a few places in Canada. I was originally born n raised in northern Alberta and always wanted a transfer back while serving, never happened.
    So when I retired, I moved back to Alberta, Calgary. Worst mistake of my life.
    Weather sucks, near 6 months of winter on average, corrupt politicians, over priced housing.

    I figure these polls are bias or don't get reviews by the less fortunate because most can't afford the basics most of us take for granted.
    there are a Lot of pour people in Calgary

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  106. Thank you so much for putting your effort on presenting your ideas and thought clearly. It so easy to understand. Thank you so much. Looking forward for your next post.

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  107. This is so funny….I have traveled the country from East to West and this tells me that Winnipeg and London are better places to live than Montréal ?!?!?! is this seriously a joke ?
    How about the East Coast ? Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick ? At last count, they were part of Canada….
    As for seeing so few Québec cities, I can understand that this was done by people who never came to this province or are still too frustrated over their Maple Laughs…
    My advice, go out by yourself, visit this great country and if you want my top 3 places to visit in Canada, try Newfoundland (gorgeous and friendly people on the Rock), Charlevoix region near Québec city (scenery, food and joie de vivre) and Vancouver to Whistler included…
    Cheers from a proud Quebecer living on the South Shore of Montréal !

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    • Having left Quebec in 2009 was the best decission I ever made. There's not that many anglophone Quebecers left in "La Belle Province" so the PQ can make thier life miserable and not worry about getting re-elected.

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      • Montreal is an interesting place but it has too many flaws that really get to you in the long run.
        Nothing really works in the long run in this backward corrupted armpit of Canada. If you just like to be a hipster doofus or only staying for a short run than maybe you'll like it. I think for most people it is a terrible place to live. It will get worse too.

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  108. I believe that theres a little city rapped around a little lake that was a little over looked
    Peterborough,on . Just an excellent little community.

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  109. I lived in Burlington, Ontario for seven years then moved to a little town in British Columbia called Kimberley. It was beautiful…originally from Australia. Now I live on the island of Tasmania but still regard myself part Canadian. In the end the cold got to me and the shoveling of snow…but I will never forget it's beauty.

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  110. Canada is way to cold! But on the plus side they do have free health care witch you will deffinatly need when you retire coped

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    • Canada does not have free health care, despite the myths created by Micheal Moore.

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  111. Canada is the best place to live but there are lot of people who decided to live there just because of low rates of crime, good access to hospitals and high numbers of medical professionals. and all the factors are also noticeable which are mentioned above. Thanks for sharing this informative article about Canada as a best living place.

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  112. I very much regret that he had not had a chance to visit Canada.

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  113. Great article, Canada is interesting :-)

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  114. I am really impressed from Canada.please hire me on the job in Canada.I love every kind of Job in Canada.

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  115. Blog that I visit almost every day, I do not know why not write comments before – maybe it's not mine. But right now, would like to thank the author of the blog for his work, and I want to wish you success in the further development of the blog. Thank you!

    (I do not know much English, sorry if something is not written)

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    • I agree 100 million %, especially since I've been all over Canada and still prefer Beautiful BC <3 Another vote to Vancouver from me.

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  116. Great to see Calgary right up there. Having (mis)spent some of my youth there 30 years ago, the fond memories of the good things have survived, and the negatives long since lost in the mist. As close to perfect (and certain parts of Australia) as it's possible to be :-) Go Calgary!

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  117. You good for nothings, the best place on EARTH, is Charlottetown, PEI! We still don't lock our doors, only if we go for two-three weeks…….lobster, seafood. Yes, it is costly to pay for the useless governments, but I would not want to live anywhere else. Former West Vancouverite.

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  118. Most of cities & towns in the Okanagan Valley are great to live or retire in if you have a comfortable pension or some assets Cities like Kelowna Penticton Vernon or many of the small towns in the OKV have great weather good medical facilities a fantastic international airport in Kelowna connecting to the world via Vancouver Calgary Edmonton Seattle Los Angeles Toronto plus some direct flights The house prices are a little high but have some good prices if you look a basic home We have good cultural & sport

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  119. I noticed a lot of municipalities in Alberta were not included in this list. Based on the ones that are included I've determined that they were attempting to include all cities, urban service centers, and towns with a population great enough to be eligible to become a city. (10,000+) However based on this they have forgot to include Airdrie, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Cochrane, Leduc, Beaumont, Chestermere and Stony Plain. I recognize that many of these are within the greater metropolitan areas of Calgary and Edmonton however there were many others in these metro areas that were included such as St. Albert, High River, Strathcona County (Sherwood Park), Strathmore, Canmore and Okotoks. I'm curious what is the reasoning for this?

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  120. Where is Regina?

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  121. Interesting how more people were sent to hospital in a single Alberta blizzard car pile up today than are injured all year in what is listed as the "worst weather city" gets all year.

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  122. On the retirement cities, not too sure how they came up with them, in just about any Canadian city you will need some good bucks to live there. I just recently retired and moved to small town SK and love it. I feel like I have stepped back in time, I got a haircut and didn't have the money on me, they just let me got to the bank and come back later to pay, try that in a city, everyone waves and knows your name, kinda like Cheers, kids leave bicycles out and about and they stay there till they come back and get them on Mom and Dad's orders. We might not have all the amenities of the big city, but that is only a short drive away if one feels inclined to deal with traffic and everyone in a hurry. Cheap country living, I love it.

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  123. Is it true that the people in Calgary are unfriendly and arrogant?

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  124. Calgary is just way too unfriendly it seems not humans live there but Barbie and Ken dolls.
    You can make money here but there are so few places to enjoy it. People in Calgary are recognized around the world as big travellers since they can afford the ticket but they take every opportunity to get the hell out of here…

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  125. you guys should be ashame. i've lived in Calgary all mylife and it is great. the stampede festivals everything!. you guys that are saying people are mean you are liars! Your just saying that because your jealous!

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  126. the wether in havelock was 125 f at 8:30 am to day in the sun

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  127. This list is so funny. I've been to Winnipeg, and no offense, the city is one of the place that I won't visit again. How come Montreal isn't there? Other than Toronto, Montreal is one of the best place here in Canada. That's a fact. I do agree that Calgary should be there in number one spot though.

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  128. Where is Windsor, Ontario I have lived here my hole life and let me tell you its so nice, _nice buildings downtown and my kids live here and there so happy._I know Windsor has problems with its economy, But I have a job. Windsor is a great city,
    Explain why Windsor has so many multi cultural people because they moved here,
    Windsor is a nice peaceful city,
    And its close to Point Pelee and Leamington

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  129. I am Calgarian its kinda boring to live here and the people are not friendly as it is in Toronto, but i think if you are an outgoing person and like to meet new interesting people, Toronto is the best place to be. it has beaches it is a multicultural city and it is warmer than Calgary. Calgary is a place to work and sleep in summer time all your saved money would go for your vacation cause if you don't a vacation life really sucks here. so for boring people Calgary is good for active people Toronto. and i am planning to live in Toronto next year soon cant wait!

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    • I agree with you, especially the its boring and not as friendly.

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  130. I originally migrated in Montreal, and I moved to Calgary just two weeks ago. The only problem I had in Montreal is French, it's my fault because I was not inspired to learn it deeper than I have to. Montreal is just one of the best, good food, great people, great culture, and I can't remember any day that I was bored in Montreal. Such a beautiful city to live with and I am surely coming back.

    The reason why I moved to Calgary is because I got a better job here. And believe me, people here are friendly and warm. I don't know why some people believe that its one of the most unfriendly place in Canada, which I totally believe not obviously. The weather may be sucks, but for me, it's the people that counts, and the opportunities you'll have.

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  131. Canada is a very beautiful and worth to visit this country.

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